×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Slamdance Film Festival Juries Revealed

The Slamdance Film Festival has unveiled jury members for its feature film competition programs for its 22nd edition during Jan. 22-28, Variety has learned.

Notable members include Steve Yu, director of “The Resurrection of Jake The Snake,” and Damon Russell, producer of “Before I Disappear.”

The festival, launched in 1995 as an alternative to Sundance, has included showings of such notable titles as Oren Peli’s “Paranormal Activity.”

Along with Peli, the best-known Slamdance alumni include Christopher Nolan, Marc Forster, Jared Hess, Lena Dunham, Benh Zeitlin, Seth Gordon and Lynn Shelton. Significant titles that debuted at Slamdance include “Mad Hot Ballroom” and Gordon’s “The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters.”

The Slamdance feature competition is limited to films made with budgets under $1 million and made by first-time directors. The awards will be presented Jan. 28 at the Treasure Mountain Inn in Park City, Utah.

Narrative features jury members include Russell, whose “Before I Disappear” won the audience award at SXSW (2014) and was acquired by IFC; Erik Jambor, co-founder of the Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival in Birmingham, Ala., and the former exec director of Indie Memphis; Julie La’Bassiere, CEO of BAFTA New York and former director of marketing & industry for Tribeca Enterprises.

Documentary shorts and features jury includes Vanessa Hope, producer of “William Kunstler: Disturbing The Universe” and director of “All Eyes And Ears,” which premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival; Yu; and Skizz Cyzyk, who has held positions at MicroCineFest, Maryland Film Festival and Atlanta Film Festival.

Experimental and anarchy jury includes Jack Sargeant, author of “Against Control,” “Deathtripping: The Extreme Underground” and “Naked Lens: Beat Cinema”; Dekker Dreyer, host of the Movie Cult vodcast and live show series and the creator of the touring festival Anime After Dark; and Wally Chung, director of “The Eater.”

Narrative and animation short jury includes Steve Montal, who developed the AFI Docs Film Festival and produced  “Viva Terra Viva,” a television concert for UNICEF; Ina Pira, senior programmer for the Montclair Film Festival; and Mark Shapiro, who manages brand strategies at Laika.

The competition lineup was unveiled in November.

The festival also annouced its Digital Bolex Fearless Filmmaking selections:

Tracking Alewives for the Passamaquoddy – Kurt Lancaster, USA (World Premiere)

Sketches – Savannah Rogers, USA (World Premiere)

God Wrest His Soul – JT Seaton, USA (World Premiere)

Charades – Jimmy Nguyen, USA (World Premiere)

Small Talk – Hilary Campbell, USA  (World Premiere)

Sun Valley – Sasha Gransjean, USA  (World Premiere)

Devin Fair is King – Skizz Cyzyk, USA (World Premiere)

B+A – Connor Rickman, USA (World Premiere)

Girl with a Moustache – Vanja Svilicic, Croatia  (North American Premiere)

Eyes of the City – Luke Randall, Australia (World Premiere)

Glenda – Puppett, USA (World Premiere)

You Will Find A Way – AJ Molle, USA (World Premiere)

Sans Titre – Eva Pervolovici, Romania/France (North American Premiere)

The Treeples – Sarah Nolen, USA (World Premiere, Women Cinematographer’s Grant Recipient)

More Film

  • Payroll Specialist Cast & Crew Sold

    Payroll Specialist Cast & Crew Sold to Investment Fund EQT VIII

    Payroll specialist Cast & Crew Entertainment Services has been sold by Silver Lake to the investment Fund EQT VIII for an undisclosed price. Cast & Crew, based in Burbank, Calif., and founded in 1976, touts itself as the premier provider of technology-enabled payroll and production-management services to the entertainment industry. Services include payroll processing, residuals [...]

  • Steve James Chicago Story

    Participant Media Partners With Filmmaker Steve James on Documentary 'Chicago Story' (EXCLUSIVE)

    Participant Media is reteaming with Oscar-nominated filmmaker Steve James and his longtime production home, Kartemquin Films, on his latest documentary, “Chicago Story.” Participant Media will finance the project, which will be produced by James and Zak Piper. Participant’s Jeff Skoll and Diane Weyermann will executive produce with Alex Kotlowitz and Gordon Quinn. James, Piper, and [...]

  • 'Metro 2033' Film Project Halted Because

    'Metro 2033' Film Project Halted Because 'A Lot of Things Didn't Work'

    It appears that MGM’s film adaptation of “Metro 2033” is no longer happening because “a lot of things didn’t work,” according to VG24/7. “Metro 2033” is a novel by Russian author Dmitry Glukhovsky. It was also adapted into a series of successful survival horror shooters from video game publisher THQ and developer 4A Games in [...]

  • Jirga

    Film Review: 'Jirga'

    Buried within the closing crawl of writer, director, cinematographer and co-producer Benjamin Gilmour’s unfortunately cryptic but nonetheless fascinating debut film “Jirga” are shout-outs for security, political and cultural liaisons, as well as an Afghan film advisor. These credits speak, however quietly, to the no-doubt-delicate and clearly arduous making of a film that finds a guilt-ridden [...]

  • Fox Names Benjamin Bach Theatrical MD

    Fox Names Benjamin Bach MD for Germany, Replacing Vincent  De La Tour

    Twentieth Century Fox has upped Benjamin Bach to managing director, theatrical, for Austria and Germany. In Germany he takes over from the long-serving Vincent de la Tour who is leaving after 27 years. Bach has been MD of Fox’s operations in Austria since 2012 and he steps into his new, expanded, role immediately. He will [...]

  • Lois Smith

    Wes Anderson's 'The French Dispatch' Adds Lois Smith (EXCLUSIVE)

    Lois Smith has joined the cast of Wes Anderson’s “The French Dispatch,” Variety has learned. It continues a late-career resurgence for the 88-year-old stage and screen actress. Smith was nominated for a Gotham and Independent Spirit Award for her work in last year’s “Marjorie Prime,” a role that garnered her some of the best reviews [...]

  • Stephan James as Fonny and Brian

    Brian Tyree Henry Breaks Out Big in Jenkins' 'If Beale Street Could Talk'

    The final days of filming writer-director Barry Jenkins’ adaptation of James Baldwin’s “If Beale Street Could Talk” were dedicated to moments that foreshadowed its entire plot: Having run into the recently incarcerated Daniel (Brian Tyree Henry) on the streets of Harlem, the struggling artist Fonny (Stephan James) invites his friend back to his apartment for [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content